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Addiction and dependence

Substance misuse is widespread and many individuals will have a problem with more than one substance. Presentation and management are remarkably similar for all prescribed or illicit drugs and alcohol. Additionally, there is a large hidden population whose dependence is not recognised either by themselves or others. Most of the treatment techniques available can help people who experience problems with alcohol or drugs but who do not yet meet the criteria for dependence.